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February 22, 2007

Google Scholar has serious failings

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The presentation that I’m linking to was delivered at last year’s UK Serials Group conference here at Warwick. I didn’t attend as I was seconded to the Careers Service at the time, but I have heard about it from a colleague who did attend. I’ve tried a couple of the examples out on Google Scholar today and there are still inconsistencies. However, it is in Beta, so Google have a good excuse for the performance of Google Scholar.

The performance itself is not a concern. It is the emerging acceptance and reliance upon it by the academic community that is a concern, given the lack of rigorousness or openness about how Google Scholar works.

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